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Hip-HopDuo4WheelCity:FromtheStreetsoftheBronxNYCtotheWhiteHouse

Tiffany Yu
Tiffany Yu Founder of Diversability. Social entrepreneur. Ex-Goldman Sachs.
over 2 years San Francisco, CA, United States Story
Hip-Hop Duo 4 Wheel City: From the Streets of the Bronx NYC to the White House


Namel "Tapwaterz" Norris and Ricardo "Rickfire" Velasquez, the hip-hop artists behind 4 Wheel City, debuted their new single "Mainstream" at a special event at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. on December 10. The event, "Financial Inclusion and Shared Prosperity: the Next Frontier for People with Disabilities," was organized by the National Disability Institute (NDI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a better economic future for people with disabilities and their families, to provide recommendations to cut the disability poverty rate in half by 2025 and advance economic self-sufficiency.

4 Wheel City's new song "Mainstream" highlights the challenges of poverty and disability and promotes the message "I can work, I can dream, I can be so mainstream." The song will be used by NDI to begin a conversation in 2016 between the public and private sectors to examine the challenges of disability and economic inclusion for the 22 million working-age adults with disabilities.

Mainstream is now available for download on iTunes. Proceeds from sales will go toward implementing strategies to help individuals with disabilities living in poverty achieve their dreams.

Norris and Velasquez are in wheelchairs due to gun violence and use their music to advocate for people with disabilities. They have previously worked with Snoop Dogg on the song "Welcome to Reality G-Mix" and performed at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. REVOLT premiered their music video "The Movement" on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 2015.

(Photo courtesy: Namel Norris)


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  • Talia M.
    Talia M. Mogul Global Ambassador
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Awesome to see. Thank you for sharing! Will definitely spread the word!

    Awesome to see. Thank you for sharing! Will definitely spread the word!

    • Tiffany Yu
      Tiffany Yu Founder of Diversability. Social entrepreneur. Ex-Goldman Sachs.
      over 2 years ago San Francisco, CA, United States

      Thanks Talia!

      Thanks Talia!

  • Jade Luong
    over 2 years ago

    This is so inspiring! thanks for sharing!

    This is so inspiring! thanks for sharing!

    • Tiffany Yu
      Tiffany Yu Founder of Diversability. Social entrepreneur. Ex-Goldman Sachs.
      over 2 years ago San Francisco, CA, United States

      Glad it resonated with you! They are so talented!

      Glad it resonated with you! They are so talented!


Tiffany Yu
Founder of Diversability. Social entrepreneur. Ex-Goldman Sachs.

Founder of Diversability. Former Goldman Sachs investment banker turned social entrepreneur. Featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Fortune Magazine, and more. Graduate of Georgetown University. Based in San Francisco.

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